What Is Palmitoleate (16:1 c) & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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Palmitoleate, 16:1 c, is the conjugate base of palmitoleic acid 16:1.

It’s a long-chain monounsaturated cis fatty acid.

Palmitoleate has been found in human skeletal muscle, tissues, and in most biofluids.

Palmitoleate has been shown to lower total cholesterol levels.

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cis-Isomer Of Palmitoleic Acid

16:1 c is also called cis-palmitoleic acid, it’s the cis-isomer of palmitoleic acid.

It’s a monounsaturated fatty acid. (source)

Isomers are compounds with identical chemical formulas but different structures.

The cis-isomer indicates that the functional groups are on the same side of the carbon chain.

While the trans-isomer indicates that functional groups are on opposing sides of the carbon chain. (source )

Where To Find Palmitoleate?

Palmitoleate is an abundant fatty acid in the human body.

It is the major component of fats in the liver, brain, and muscles.

It is also found in the milk of ruminants, such as cows, goats, sheep, and deer.

Benefits Of Palmitoleate

Palmitoleate has been shown to have a significant impact on the body’s cholesterol levels.

It is believed that high doses palmitoleate have the ability to lower total cholesterol levels.

It is also believed to have a significant impact on the body’s lipid profile and insulin resistance.

Foods You Can Find Palmitoleate In

You find palmitoleate mostly in poultry, lamb, veal, and game, beef, sausage and luncheon meat products.

Examples of food sources include

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